Jun 122009
 

PandaBear (Beta) is the code name for a desktop application of the research & development labs at SNAPPS, the company that also brings you QuickrTemplates.com. Use PandaBear for uploading, downloading and locating files stored in Lotus Quickr 8.1+.

Designed on the Adobe Air framework, PandaBear runs on Windows, Mac or Linux using the same application code.

Use cases for PandaBear include:

  • Quickr places designed primarily for file sharing
  • Organizations with Mac and/or Linux desktops
  • Transient users of Quickr, who just need access to files
  • Archiving folders, rooms, or even entire places full of files
  • Your unique use case!

PandaBear features three intuitive screens.
On the Download screen, you get tree-style navigation of servers, places, rooms, folders, and files. Highlight a file, folder, room or place, and you can download the file contents to your machine. Double-click a folder and you have a temporary “drop zone” for uploading files. Just drag and drop files or folders over the drop zone and they’re uplaoded to your Quickr place.

On the Favorites screen, set up a list of places where you will commonly upload files, then double-click them to open the drop zone(s).

On the Settings screen, set up your connection to server(s).

PandaBear is free during beta, and is not time-locked or disabled in any way. Post-beta plans are still under consideration but will include a free version with all the capabilities of the beta version.

To download now with your QuickrTemplates.com ID (a new one takes just a minute), visit pandabear.snapps.com

  21 Responses to “Introducing PandaBear for Lotus Quickr”

  1. Looks very much like a cleaner looking Quickr Connector. What value does this provide that the Quickr Connector doesn’t?

  2. @Daniel,
    Thank you. I hope you find it useful.

    @Steve,

    • It works on Windows, Mac and Linux compared to just Windows.
    • Easy access to upload files for power users (with floating drop-zones)
    • Many more.

    Try it yourself at pandabear.snapps.com

  3. This looks cool reminds me of the old Domino.Doc desktop application that a BP produced (my users used to love it)

    Now all we need is a document scanning and annotation client for Quickr and we will be getting close to what many of my customers need..

    Nice work

  4. I have tried it.

    Since we are on windows, I don’t see any major benefits over the Quickr Connector.
    The Quickr connector has drag and drop file adding too.

    What is the “Many more” ?

    Can we as the users customize this app? Example: the panda image for drag and drop, would never fly, needs to look more professional.

  5. INstalled software, trying to connect to server I get an error message.
    “make sure your computer is connected to the internet and try again”

    I have put in the URL exactly as it is in the connectors qualified by the http://

    Any ideas?

  6. @Steve,
    PandaBear is still in Beta with many updates coming in the next few days. Customize the drop images will definitely be one of the updates coming soon.
    One of the benefits with PandaBear is the ability to bookmark a specific folder inside a place for frequent uploads (and future downloads).
    Stay tuned for new features being added soon.

  7. Download, installed and tested today on Apple MAC. Works well. Look forward to the updates. Great to see this working on the MAC and Linux. Big plus as most of the IBM Connectors are limited to Windows at the moment. Good job.

  8. Just updated PandaBear to version 0.50. It will automatically update next time you open the app.
    Version 0.50

    • Experimental support for Quickr Services for J2EE.
    • Added column displaying size of files on the Places tab.
    • Now supports HTML entities in Author names.
    • The progress bar while downloading/uploading files now display percent of total file size and number of documents.
    • Renamed the Favorites tab to Bookmarks.
    • Various bug fixes.
  9. Hi Viktor,

    nice tool. Works well on Linux. I have trouble with connecting to https:// using 0.5.2. What is the official channel for feedback?

    :-) stw

  10. Stephan and I solved the issue in a chat.

  11. Viktor,

    I have Downloaded v0.52 for Linux and tried to connect to my quickr.
    Does not work! I get an error “Error loading items”.

    I used the http://… and I can connect to my quickr place using the url.
    I use my IBM mail address as user id to authenticate.

    Any clue what is wrong and where are the errors logged?

    Thanks.

    Greetz,
    Hanko.

  12. Viktor,

    Solved the problem.
    Used the wrong URL.

    Works ok now.
    Very nice tool :-)

    Greetz,
    Hanko

  13. @Hanko,
    I’m glad PandaBear works for you and that you like the tool. If you are an administrator also try our new tool Flippr for Lotus Quickr. flippr.snapps.com

  14. There is another free connector for firefox. More powerful.
    www-01.ibm.com/software/brandcatalog/portal/lotus/details?catalog.label=1WP1001IA

  15. hi,

    we have a customer looking for an archival solution – where is the archival module (i think it misses in v0.52) ?

    Also do you have a target final release date ?

    Thanks

    • Dominique GENOT,
      I think what you are looking for is our product called Flippr. You can find more information about Flippr here or you can download Flippr here.
      There are no official release dates for either PandaBear or Flippr yet.

  16. I’ve installed PandaBear on mac and it works fine.

    Just a question :
    Is it planned to implement the version control and the checkIn/Out function in the future ?

    Many Thanks

  17. Hello,
    I work with Lotus QuickR and QuickR connectors in France (education).
    In the team, there is a Mac user. I have downloaded Panda Bear and tried it to help him.
    I have a problem wilth the settings :” error loading item(s) ”
    (With Quickr Connector, that’s ok)

    For Quickr, my web access is here :
    qr8.orion.education.fr/LotusQuickr/prepaectheo/Main.nsf?OpenDatabase&Login

    For Panda Bear :
    Name = ?
    Server url = ?

    username and password, it’s ok !

    Can you help me, please.
    Thank you

    Jean-Marc SOULE

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